Murdered mother honored before final farewell
HIALEAH, Fla. (WSVN) -- Family and friends gave their final farewell to a South Florida mother found murdered in her South Miami home Tuesday.
Heart-broken family and friends still in shock wore white as they gathered at a viewing in Hialeah Monday night to remember 26-year-old Jennifer Alfonso. Tuesday morning, Alfonso's funeral was held in Hialeah. The family then drove to Doral to Our Lady Of Mercy Catholic Cemetery where Alfonso was laid to rest.
Police said she was murdered by her husband Derek Medina. Authorities found her body inside her home last Thursday.
According to published reports, Alfonso requested for everyone to wear white in the event of her death to honor the archangel Gabriel.
Family and friends shared pictures and special messages of Alfonso on a dedication page on Facebook. "Hello to all of you. My name is Carol, and I am Jennifer's mother. My words fail me as I am completely broken to be without my sweet beautiful girl. I had to take a moment though to send my love to every one of you. God bless you all for honoring my daughter, if you would've known her, you would've loved her even more. She was a beautiful girl with an even more beautiful soul. She will live in my heart forever."
People who did not even know Alfonso wrote to the family on the dedication page, some messages read:
"I never met you but my prayers are with you and your family. God wanted a beautiful angel by his side."
"Our world is full of angels. I did not know her, but it is evident that Jennifer was one of those angels. To have an angel touch your soul as she did to yours is a gift. I wish we would all be so blessed."
Police have released surveillance video that shows Medina turning himself in at the South Miami Police station with his father. "Sir, you're charged with first degree murder," said a judge in bond court.
Medina has since been on suicide watch at the jail.
Police said he confessed to killing his wife. Alfonso's father remains shocked. "It's mind-boggling," said Jose Alfonso.
Alfonso is not referring to just the fact his daughter is dead, but the fact he saw his daughter's body after the murder on Facebook. Police said Medina snapped a photo of his wife after committing the crime and uploaded it onto the social media site.
Alfonso said that photo will haunt him for the rest of his life.
The father said there were no warning signs, but Jennifer's best friend tells a different story. "He was very emotionally abusive, and he would put her down a lot," said Daysi Fernandez. "She started getting scared, and then she started opening her mouth and trying to reach out to the people that she loved."
Outside the apartment where Alfonso lost her life, people have left stuffed animals and flowers to honor her memory.
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